Random Crowd Generator

Overview

I built an algorithm with Processing to generate random faces. A new crowd gets generated at every click. I personally enjoy looking at them and imagining the stories happening between people.

Try the online version: https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/422926

See the code: https://github.com/bowenbowen/random-crowd-generator

Type

Individual project

Timespan

1 week, 2017

Tool

Processing

How it works

First step: Generate one single random face

1. Generate different facial features separately in random styles. There's a class for every facial feature. Some features are shown or not shown depending on the chances I set.

2. Combine the features.

Second step: Repeat the first step to generate multiple faces

1. Use a nested for loop to place faces into rows and columns.

2. Add some random position transformation to each face to make the composition look more organic.

3. Add some emotional elements (speech bubbles and hearts) to spice up the scene.

Looking back, a bit of personal thought

This is the start of my coding journey

I just started the second year of my undergrad study in Communication Design when I worked on this project. It was the first major project I did for my first coding course called Creative Coding. I spent a lot more time on this project compared to my classmates, because I really enjoyed it.

And the result turned out great. It amazed my teacher and classmates. I'm still proud of it even now. The experience gave me courage to explore a new playful and nerdy way of creating art: using code.

Since then, I gradually took on more classes on the digital side of design—web design, web development, UX design, physical computing...

Till where I am today: an interaction designer.